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ASUS vs MSI ?

Which motherboard is the best? I'm not too familiar with the PCI-E 1x slot and 2.0, etc
http://www.newegg.ca...#scrollFullInfo - ASUS

http://www.newegg.ca...#scrollFullInfo - MSI

I read that ASUS motherboards where better in quality, should I go with it instead of the MSI kidnova sugegsted?

Edited by Mad9, 10 August 2012 - 01:26 PM.

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Both are good brands, I would advise that you read the Newegg feedback for both boards as this will allow you to make a more informed decision.
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Yes, actually I read reviews for both and they are about the same! That is why I wanted to know your personnal choices or advices. Thanks for your answer.
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Any other thoughts on these motherboards before I complete my order?
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Well, since I have that MSI board in my personal system, I can attest to its quality. The only minor complaint I have is that the Sata ports can be a little difficult to reach depending on the size of the case. However, it's not a big deal to me as you don't spend a lot of type plugging and unplugging sata devices.

The one benefit to the ASUS I can see is that it has 4 USB 3.0 ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports in the back whereas the MSI has 2 3.0 ports and 4 2.0 ports. That's a pretty insignificant difference though, IMO since there aren't many devices that benefit from 3.0 aside from external harddrives and devices you are charging from the USB port.

As phil stated though both manufacturers make quality products and I don't think you'll be disappointed with either one, unless you're one of the unlucky ones that gets a defective product. Not much you can do about that.

Edited by kidnova, 10 August 2012 - 02:05 PM.

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I concur with kidnova and would choose the MSI board, the USB 3.0 ports are adequate + it has a higher % 5 egg feedback rating at Newegg which is further proof of the quality of the board.
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I concur with kidnova and would choose the MSI board, the USB 3.0 ports are adequate + it has a higher % 5 egg feedback rating at Newegg which is further proof of the quality of the board.


Just as a side note it's always bothered me when people give a 1 egg rating for a DOA board. Let's face it, we're dealing with sensitive precision electronic components here and defects will occur as will damage during shipping and handling. If you RMA it and get another one then by all means post a bad review, but if you get it replaced then post your review based on the replacement board. On the other hand, I guess it does help people get an idea of how many components are arriving DOA, so I guess it can serve a purpose.

Edited by kidnova, 10 August 2012 - 02:27 PM.

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Thanks a lot to you guys for you time and quality answers. I will order my parts and I could maybe make an update post when I'm done building it or if I have any questions/difficulties (is it my first build).

Thanks! Very nice community and forums so far :)
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Yep a common sense approach is needed, the after sales service is equally as important as even the best of quality can arrive DOA down to how the items were handled by the delivery service.
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Thanks a lot to you guys for you time and quality answers. I will order my parts and I could maybe make an update post when I'm done building it or if I have any questions/difficulties (is it my first build).

Thanks! Very nice community and forums so far :)


Good luck! Post your final build if you get a second, specifically which GPU did you decide on?
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Some benchmarks to help you http://www.videocard...h_end_gpus.html
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Final build (already ordered) I can't wait to build it!
CASE: http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16811119197
GPU: http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16814130683
MOBO: http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16813130645
HDD: http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16822236339
RAM: http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16820231428
CPU: http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16819116504
PSU: http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16817139028
OPTICAL DRIVE: http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16827135204

As you can see my parts and my build evolved since the first post, so thank you very much for helping me optimizing my PC!

I'll get a monitor ASAP too but not online. I saw a 21.5 inches widescreen monitor at bestbuy in sale for 99.99$ instead of 209$. This looks like a good deal. http://www.bestbuy.c...7527db3c782en02

Edited by Mad9, 10 August 2012 - 05:20 PM.

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Nice build :thumbsup:
What about the OS and screen.
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Just for a final compatability check, please list your final shopping selection.
What type/size monitor are you looking for?
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I still don't understand why you would buy that 560 ti when you can get a 7850 or gtx 570 for less. It's a nice card but this one is much better.

http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16814150608

Good luck though and let us know how it goes.

Edited by kidnova, 10 August 2012 - 06:38 PM.

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